legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Wow, everything I had hoped for. The first sniff is a little boozy, but softens as it warms. I can’t say anything that anyone else hasn’t said already, but this was wonderful. chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle, at HogTown Harry tasting (cheers Harry), September 2007. Almost black. Very full and rich, with sweet fat malt, dark chocolate and chewy fruit (raisins?). Both the Bourbon barrel and the alcohol are very evident. The former provides the woody, vanilla notes that emerge throughout. The latter provides a hot aftertaste that I found a little too intrusive. Not convinced the elements were perfectly knitted together, which knocks the overall score down a shade but that’s only really a minor quibble. All in all I thought this was a very fine beer.
jgb9348 (6388) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2007 Bottle:WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Deep pitch black coloured body with an almost non-existant tan head. Aroma of pure bourbon - the strongest i’ve ever smelt. Raisins, figs, cherries, espresso and milk chocolate all are noticeable in the nose coupled with the ever present vanilla. Full-bodied; Super-strong malty, chocolate and of course, scotchy taste. An amazing vanilla and oaky taste most potent with the bittering characteristics of coffee and pit fruits. Aftertaste shows so much and lasts longer than I could remember for any beer. Overall, a really good and strong imperial stout with plenty of oaky and sweet characteristics. One that should be sampled by all, if possible. I sampled this 12 ounce bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, Illinois on 02-November-2007.
Got the 2007 release this week and it blew my socks off. Best beer I have ever had, hands down no contest. Its a sticky, thick, sweetish crazy combination. The bourbon taste is obvious, very oaky. I have never had some of the other high powered midwestern stouts, but if they are better than this I will be shocked. valpoaj (745) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 2006 vintage; huge thanks to my buddy Russ for holding onto this one till I could get back to Chicago. Pour is pitch black; a bit thin, and has the thinnest of a dark tan head; almost non-existent. Aroma has strong hints of bourbon, vanilla and lighter hints of milk chocolate and brown sugar. Very heavy mouthfeel, the first thing that comes to mind is ’Amazing’! I’d wager that about 4 out of 5 times I go after a beer I’ve been yearning to try, I leave disappointed, but not this time! This sludge almost does the opposite of what I expected...hits up hard early with the bourbon, vanilla, smoky/tobacco and dark chocolate flavors and mellows just beautifully mid-drink, turning very soft with light chocolate flavor, sugary malts, and a beautiful, mellow warming at the end. Do yourself a favor...just hold some of this on the tongue for a bit and enjoy the beauty! Dare I say this is the first heavily hyped and desired brew that has actually exceeded my expectations. Minimal burn, especially for an 11% ABV and wow, what a wonderful sipper...damn near a perfect 5, but still leaving some room for improvement
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Re-rate: 2007 vintage...much livelier, stronger bourbon presence, especially on palate. Tobacco notes more pronounced. Alcohol much stronger presence. Beer still excellent, but not the ’oh my God’ I had with the one-year-aged 2006. Leaving current ratings pact as I plan to re-rate again in future after 2007 vintage ages for a year
Pours black with a rocky tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Mouthfeel stings like a cigar and finishes like a whisky. Flavors of tobacco, whiskey, vanilla, oak, and bittersweet cocoa. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 12oz. bottle, July 2006 vintage. Luscious aroma of rich dark chocolate, bittersweet cocoa powder, creamy milk chocolate, sweet vanilla, roasty espresso, plum, toffee, aged, burnt sugars and bourbon-soaked wood. A tempting prelude to what lies ahead. Thickly opaque ebony color with a light brown head forming a ring around the walls of the snifter. Flavor is satisfyingly powerful and robust, with layers of rich chocolate, dark caramel sweetness and maple sugar blended with unfathomable depths of roasty malt, dried fruits, and, towards the incredibly long finish, a brief glimpse of spicy hop bitterness, lingering cola and earthy bourbon barrel accents. Warming, exceedingly smooth, enveloping mouthfeel, body is vast and full. Nicely complex, almost luxurious in nature. Very impressive indeed. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Pours deep black and extremely dense with a fully receding dark brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, soy sauce, truffles, and tobacco. Taste is sweet with dark malts and a hint of the bourbon. Notes of chocolate, plums, licorice, and coffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and oily with soft carbonation. Very nice, but I’m missing the bourbon. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2007
I am not a huge fan of bourbon-y beers (yet I love bourbon), but this one appealed to me. Its flavor is bourbon-y but also smokey and roasty and definitely complicated. Mouthfeel was about right...what I expected from this. The beer was viscous, but not over-the-top the way I found Sam Adams Triple Bock to be. I have a friend who’s a huge fan of beer, and while I find hoppy and sour to be more appealing beer flavors, I can certainly understand the appeal of this beer. mmcdowell3 (13) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
Good light aroma of bourbon, but not a very drinkable brew. No head at all?And the overbearing bourbon flavor didnt allow any of the rest of the beer through.. The only reason it got a 2 was for the label. .. that’s it.